In January, after lots of planning, Cory and Ashley presented their plan to the trustees of Salem, who approved the plan right away. As with all construction projects, things did not go exactly according to plan, but once the contractor was in place to move the room’s bathroom, work was finally under way. No part of the space went untouched — they moved walls, replaced flooring, installed cabinets, built shelving, painted, and acquired new furniture and toys for the children. The renovation was a family effort, too — in addition to putting in long hours herself, Ashley’s parents Bill and Claressa Poppell poured their time and talents into the space as well. Ashley’s vision for the space was for it to be open, clean, and functional, and those goals absolutely come through in the function of the newly-designed space. It is truly, truly beautiful and a wonderful gift to the children of Salem!
To the Anderson and Poppell families — thank you so much for your vision and hard work in transforming this space for the children of Salem United Methodist! I truly cannot think of a better way to honor the memory of your sweet William, and it touches my heart knowing that his name will live on in this space and through the children who are nurtured there for years to come. Much love and big hugs to all of you!